Hennepin County Tells Us How to Have a Party!

December 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

By Andrew Richter

Well, we did an article on “how to throw a green party” in November. Now Hennepin County is picking up the story and they put it on the front page of their website;

This year, give back to the environment by celebrating a greener Christmas, Hanukkah , Kwanzaa or winter Solstice. Putting a wrap on wasteful traditions might seem like a Santa-sized endeavor, but thinking sustainably can save you time and money over the long run.

Look at that diversity!!! Winter Solstice? Who the hell celebrates that?

Get started with these tips from Hennepin County Environmental Services

Tips? Don’t these people have anything better to do?

Much of the work of creating more sustainable holiday practices can start right away.

Sustainable! There’s that word again. Can we just strike that word from the dictionary?

Plan your gift giving

A deliberate approach can help decrease car trips and shipping costs. Also, choosing gifts thoughtfully can minimize impulse shopping and the kinds of gifts that end up traveling back to the store, or worse, into the trash. Consider non-material gifts, such as concert tickets and museum passes, music or cooking lessons, memberships, or music downloads and e-books, or gifts to help loved ones be greener, such as reusable coffee cups or cloth napkins.

Reusable coffee cups and napkins as gifts?

Decorate using LED lights

LED lights use only a tiny fraction of the electricity demanded by incandescent lights. LED strings are long-lasting and pose less fire danger, since the bulbs are cool to the touch. Donate usable, unwanted decorations to charity to rid your house of clutter and give that plastic Santa or felt wreath a chance at another life in someone else’s home.

Yes, Santa will appreciate that!

Minimize mailings

Send electronic holiday greetings or one-piece photo cards. Take the time to remove your name from unwanted mailers and catalogs.

What about all those postal workers?


Encourage car-pooling to gatherings of friends and family.

Of course, maybe you should make your family members join the Green Step Program and implement standards demanding that a percentage of your relatives walk, bike, or take transit.

A warm home

Rather than opening the house to vent warmth from the kitchen and guests’ body heat, consider turning the thermostat down a few degrees, just before they arrive.

Sure, just let grandma freeze!

Set the table

Use reusable or recyclable dinnerware. If you’re short a few plates, borrow what you need from friends for an eclectic and sustainable table. Try to cook for your guest list, to minimize food waste, and set out recycling bins, well-marked to encourage use.

Eclectic and sustainable table!!! This is hilarious!!

Just think, some spastigated idiot at Hennepin County actually got paid to come up with this garbage and someone took the time to put it on the web site!!!

You can’t have a Christmas (oh excuse me Holiday) Party without the county involved!!



Entry filed under: Agenda 21, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, County, Crystal, Environment, Golden Valley, Hennepin, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth.

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